Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
5/6/2010
New Hormonal Contraceptive Approved

Combines estrogen and progestin

5/5/2010
FDA Found Bacteria in Ingredients for Recalled Tylenol, Benadryl

Agency also cited maker Johnson & Johnson for 'numerous deficiencies' at plant

5/4/2010
As FDA Eyes Prostate Cancer Drugs, Experts Urge Caution

Hormonal meds linked to heart risks, but men should not abandon them

5/3/2010
New Parasite Screening Test Approved

For donated blood, tissue and organs

4/29/2010
Provenge Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Helps immune system combat the disease

4/28/2010
4/23/2010
FDA Targets Safety Problems With Infusion Drug Pumps

More than 56,000 reports of problems, 500 deaths have prompted agency to act

4/22/2010
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare

Toxin concentrations higher in certain tuna species versus others, study finds

4/21/2010
FDA to Broaden Disclosure on Advisers' Conflicts of Interest

Agency has faced criticism in the past over the issue

4/20/2010
FDA Tightens Oversight of Home Medical Devices

As more patients use portable ventilators, dialysis machines, agency says safety an issue

4/20/2010
Experts Urge FDA to Lower Salt in American Diet

U.S. panel says agency should cut levels slowly over next decade to protect public health

4/15/2010
E. Coli Declines, but Other Foodborne Illnesses a Worry

Oyster-related infections up, while Salmonella plateaus, says CDC report

4/15/2010
Experts Urge Fixes for Clinical Trials System in 'Crisis'

Federal report says more funding, streamlined procedures will help save lives long-term

4/13/2010
Guillain-Barre Syndrome Very Rare After H1N1 Vaccine

Rates of the disease among those vaccinated were no higher than in the general population

4/13/2010
Pancreaze Approved for Lack of Pancreatic Enzymes

200,000 in U.S. need such products

4/12/2010
Kids' Suicide Risk Same for All Antidepressants

Findings support FDA's 'black box' warning on all SSRIs, researchers say

4/8/2010
FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Triclosan linked to hormonal changes, antibiotic resistance in recent studies

4/8/2010
First Generic Versions of Cozaar and Hyzaar Approved

Drugs to treat high blood pressure

4/7/2010
FDA Issues Warning on 'Fat-Melting' Spa Injections

There's no proof the procedures work and serious side effects can occur, agency says

4/6/2010
Tougher-to-Abuse Form of OxyContin Approved

These pills are harder to cut and dissolve, maker says

4/5/2010
4/2/2010
Should Cholesterol Drugs Be Used By Those Without High Cholesterol?

Some experts say statins help healthier people, but others worry about risks

3/31/2010
FDA Hears Views on Risks of High Tech Scanners

Agency looking to increase safety of increasingly popular imaging procedures such as virtual colonoscopy

3/31/2010
Asclera Approved to Treat Varicose Veins

Improves appearance of swollen or twisted blood vessels

3/30/2010
Women Would Welcome At-Home Test for STDs

Readily available option could help lower infection rates, expert says

3/30/2010
Too Much Radiation? The FDA Wants to Know

Agency set to open two days of public comment on risks from scans

3/26/2010
Zyclara Approved to Treat Pre-Cancerous Skin Condition

Some 10 million Americans have actinic keratoses

3/26/2010
FDA Advisers Urge Stricter Regulation of Tanning Beds

Citing skin-cancer risk, experts recommend potential ban on use by people under 18, among other measures

3/25/2010
Xifaxan Approved for People With Liver Disease

To treat disorder that affects brain function

3/25/2010
FDA Panel Weighs New Restrictions on Tanning Beds

Experts say devices' UV rays help spur skin cancer, but industry says it's not so clear

3/19/2010
High-Dose Zocor Boosts Muscle Injury Risk: FDA

People taking the cholesterol-lowering drug should consult their doctor if problems arise, the agency says

3/19/2010
With Faulty Food Labeling, Who's Minding the Store?

Recent charges of misleading ingredient, calorie count info have FDA scrambling to fix system

3/18/2010
Carbaglu Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Causes elevated ammonia in blood

3/18/2010
FDA Toughens Rules on Tobacco Sales to Kids

Move includes near-elimination of cigarette vending machines, restrictions on advertising

3/17/2010
Implanted Hearing System Approved

To treat senorineural hearing loss

3/16/2010
FDA Approved Diabetes Drug Despite Hints at Cancer Risk

Rat studies suggest Victoza could spur rare thyroid tumor, but experts say effects in humans are unclear

3/12/2010
Plavix Less Effective in Some Patients

FDA calls for 'black box' warning to alert those who don't metabolize drug well

3/12/2010
Pelvic Artery Stent Approved

Props open vessel that supplies blood to the legs

3/9/2010
Botox Approved for Spasticity in Stroke Victims

A common aftereffect of stroke

3/5/2010
More Info Needed on Problems With Insulin Pumps

Not clear if troubles stem from the devices or patient error, FDA panel says

3/5/2010
Salmonella Scare Prompts Wide Product Recall

FDA spots bacteria in common food additive; no illnesses yet reported

3/4/2010
Heartburn Drug Kapidex Renamed to Dexilant

FDA approves name change to avoid confusion with other drugs

3/2/2010
Generic Flomax Approved for Enlarged Prostate

A common condition in older men

2/26/2010
2/24/2010
Successor to Combination Pneumococcal Vaccine Approved

Prevnar 13 offers broader protection against a host of bacterial diseases

2/24/2010
2/23/2010
FDA: No Decision on Whether to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia Off the Market

Controversial medicine raises users' heart risk, leaked files suggest, but agency still reviewing data

2/22/2010
2/22/2010
Pediatricians Want Redesign of Hot Dogs, Candy to Curb Kids' Choking

New AAP policy also pushes for warning labels on packaging of high-risk foods

2/19/2010
Rituxan Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A cancer of the blood and bone marrow